From Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman
This week’s “Parsha Perspective” is dedicated in honor of Dr Dan Carr of Boston, MA, for all his support and generosity on behalf of Cheder Chabad of Monsey. May Dr Carr and family be blessed with continued good health and prosperity in the fullest measure,
materially and spiritually, in the New Year.
We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few days away from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays – a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully. Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these weekly Torah thoughts will help inspire you to achieve those goals.
There is a well-known fable of a man in distress looking up to G‑d; "G‑d, You promised to walk beside me, but when I look behind me I see only one set of footprints trodden into the sands of my life?"
And a caring, compassionate voice responds, "My son, those footprints you see are Mine, carrying you as you traveled along your journey."
In our Torah portion this week, Nitzavim (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 29:9 -30:20) we read this Shabbat how, after the foretold galut (exile) which we are currently suffering in, (and if we think we’re not suffering - that just shows how blinded to the realities of our unnatural existence we’ve become), "G‑d will return home..." Note: not "G‑d will return you home"; rather He, too, is in exile, as it were, and the future redemption will see G‑d Himself resume His rightful place, as it were, in our common homeland.
That G‑d accompanies us on every step and stage of our lives, neither abandoning nor rejecting a single Jew, is self-understood and even expected. The theology-shattering implication of the above verse is that in some way, G‑d waits and hopes for our redemption when He too will "come home."
Prisoners can’t escape without help from the outside. Someone must smuggle in the file, bribe the guards or drive the getaway car. Leaving exile is no different. We rely on G‑d to break the boundaries of our separation and remove obstacles both physical (anti-Semites, bus-bombs etc.) and psychological (greed, jealousy etc) between the way we are and the way we should be.
G‑d however, prepared the escape-route, as it were, from yet before our expulsion and exile. We are guaranteed that G‑d is prepared, willing and waiting, to redeem and rejoin us and lead us by the hand to resume our natural state--freedom to be true Jews and truly Jewish.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
The administration, teaching staff and over 520 students in Cheder Chabad of Monsey
extend to you and your family for the New Year תשע"ט 5779 heartfelt wishes for a
כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה
בטוב הנראה והנגלה בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש
…a year replete with goodness, prosperity and good health in every aspect, materially and spiritually.
As the High Priest blessed the Jewish people on Yom Kippur in the Holy Temple, may we too all be blessed from A to Z with…Abundance, Bounty, Caring, Devotion…and everything good in between, until we reach… Zion, May all Israel be redeemed in peace, speedily in our days.
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